In Collaborative Practice, both spouses and attorneys work together in a cooperative, rather than an adversarial, environment. This is different from mediation in that each spouse retains a lawyer, but everyone involved agrees to work through the issues without going to court. Together we formulate options and creative solutions that meet your individual needs as well as those of your family.
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pre-marital and post-marital agreements
More and more clients find the need for pre-marital and post-marital agreements. We have developed a successful approach to the creation of these agreements to help you avoid future litigation.
In mediation, we use our negotiating and legal skills to help you and your spouse work together to reach a resolution. We help you identify areas of agreement and differences and help you understand how the court will view each issue. We then provide you with multiple suggestions and options. In the end, all decisions are made between you and your spouse.
We provide consulting counsel services to an individual in mediation with their spouse and a third party mediator. We answer questions, provide guidance, and give feedback on the Marital Settlement Agreement prepared by the mediator. We also provide consultation services for individuals who are in the information gathering stage regarding the divorce or separation process, and who need guidance on what California law provides in terms of their rights and responsibilities regarding division of assets, custody, child and spousal support and attorneys’ fees issues.
In cases where parties cannot reach a resolution using other means, the attorneys at Canter Hagan possess the trial experience to vigorously represent you in the litigation process.
Pamela Canter can be retained to act as a private judge for parties who are going through litigation in public court. Parties often select this option for privacy purposes. Pamela can also act as a private judge for the limited purpose of a settlement conference — to decide a specific issue or issues, or to preside over the entire case. With Pamela’s prior litigation experience and her active mediation practice, she often helps parties settle their cases without going to trial.